Ghosn Establishes Life In Lebanon
Ghosn recently fled Japan to avoid a trial over charges that he had hid compensation from Renault and Nissan. The escape was elaborate. It involved Ghosn leaving a $15 million bail and being snuck onto a private jet in an audio-equipment box.
Ghosn fled because he believes he wouldn’t have been given a fair trial, given the harsh reputation of the Japanese justice system. However, Ghosn’s new life in Lebanon has been one characterized by anxiety and careful planning.
“I’ve been told I need to protect myself,” Ghosn said. “Even the building in front of my house, Japanese people came to rent it. I don’t know what their intentions are. People tell me that a lot of Japanese people are coming, taking photos and observing.”
Since Lebanon does not extradite its citizens, Ghosn will not be forced to face trial in Japan, but he is unable to leave the country. Additionally, Lebanon itself is in the middle of a financial crisis that has stirred up protests. Ghosn is not able to have easy access to cash while the country starts to mobilize against the elite class that he is a member of.